Jon, we're into semantics here. Couldn't I say "what is subjectivity but a degree of objectivity?" If one could think of subjectivity and objectivity as the two poles of a continuum, that would explain them, I think. (Incidentially, John Hulteng, a University of Oregon journalism prof, did just this in a sub-chapter entitled ""The Subjectivity Scale" in "The Opinion Function.") Ernie.